San José State University
Mathematics Department
Instructor:
Dr. Trisha Bergthold
Office location:
MacQuarrie Hall 415
Telephone:
924-5438 (leave message)
Email:
bergthold@math.sjsu.edu
(best way to reach me)
Office hours:
MW 7:30-8:30 a.m., M 12:15-2:15
Class days/time:
MW 9:00-10:15 a.m. through M 12/10/07
MW 10:30-11:45 a.m. through M 12/10/07
School Holidays
M 9/3 Labor Day, M 11/12 Veteran’s Day, ThF 11/22-23 Thanksgiving
Classroom:
MacQuarrie Hall
425
Prerequisites:
•
two years of high school algebra
•
one year of high school geometry
•
satisfaction of ELM requirement
Note there are
no exceptions
to these prerequisites.
You will need to
actually remember and use much of the material from these courses.
If it
has been a long time since you took them, then I encourage you to purchase
and study the CliffsQuickReview booklets
Algebra I
,
Algebra II
, and
Geometry
, available at
www.amazon.com
or
www.cliffsnotes.com
.
GE/SJSU Studies Category
B4
Note: Courses that meet Areas R, S, and V of SJSU Studies must be taken
from three different departments, or distinct academic units.
Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging
Copies of the course syllabus and major assignment sheets may be found on my faculty web page
accessible through the quick links/faculty web page links on the SJSU home page after the first week of
classes. You are responsible for regularly checking with the new messaging system through MySJSU. This
will be used for updates, etc. You may not reply to this message, use my email address (above) for
questions and concerns.
Course Description and Goals
Math 12 is the first of three courses designed for prospective elementary and middle school teachers.
(The
second and third courses, respectively, are Math 105 Concepts in Mathematics, Probability & Statistics and
Math 106 Intuitive Geometry.)
In each of the three courses, you will explore and develop understanding of
mathematical concepts and processes taught at the elementary and middle school levels.
In Math 12, in
particular, you will study problem solving techniques, numeration systems, the structure of the real number
system, and elementary number theory.
Throughout the course, you will experience mathematics learning
in the way that we want your future students to experience mathematics learning.
In addition, you will
analyze your learning experiences from the perspective of a future teacher.
Technology will be integrated
as appropriate.
Student Learning Objectives
GE/SJSU Studies Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
(1) use mathematical methods to solve quantitative problems, including those presented in verbal
form
(2) use mathematics to solve real life problems
(3) arrive at conclusions based on numerical and graphical data
To meet these GE learning objectives you will learn how to use your mathematical knowledge in solving
non-routine problems.
By learning how to approach problem solving from several different viewpoints,
you will gain the skills needed to meet these objectives.